Dec 5, 2013 3:00pm PST
africa'spresi. this evening at the white house, president obama expressed his condolences to nelson mandela's family and praised the transformative leader. >> at his trial in 1964, nelsonm the dock saying, i have fought against white domination, and i have fought against black domination. i have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. it is an ideal which i hope to live for, and to achieve. but if need's be, it is an ideal for which i am prepared to die. nelson mandela lived for that ideal and he made it real. to achieve more than could be expected of any man. and today he's gone home and we've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. through his fierce dignity and unbending welfare sacrificing his owning live for the freedom of others, madiba, sacrificed, for others, in the belief that human beings can change for the better, reconcile those who jailed him,
Dec 2, 2013 3:00pm PST
. but, for now, the obama administration says it has good news. although performance can still be spotty, things are better than they were. the white house and the nation's top health agency say users shopping for insurance on healthcare.gov are having far more success today than a month ago. the troubled site, officials said, is working nearly 90 percent of the time for consumers, and that today, there were 375,000 people visits by noon. >> we believe we made the important progress that we set out to make by november 30 but as we said in november, and as i said just now, the work continues to make improvements that still need to be made to the website. >> ifill: officials say the site can handle 50,000 users at one time, and up to 800,000 each day. the health and human services department also said the site's so-called "back end," which delivers information to insurers, had been largely repaired. but problems remain. insurance companies remain unhappy. and increased volume could provide new tests as a december 23 deadline for enrollment nears. tennessee republican senator bob cor
Dec 4, 2013 3:00pm PST
iran, ten days ago, the obama administration has been trying to win over a skeptical congress and stave off new sanctions. today, wendy sherman, the lead u.s. negotiator in geneva, held a closed briefing today for members of the house. republican trent franks of arizona is among the lawmakers who have called the agreement a bad deal. >> seems like there's general notion that we're afraid to allow iran to question our sincerity when we should be questioning theirs. iran has given no concession of any kind for 30 years. and yet we are now taking some of our most powerful inducements off the table. >> ifill: michigan democrat dan kildee was milder in his criticism, but he said the u.s. has to proceed very carefully. >> we have to be very cautious with this state, and very skeptical and realize that the reason that we're in the position we're in right now, is that the sanctions are working, and the sanctions need to be not just seen only as a penalty, but as an inducement to better behavior. >> ifill: under the agreement, a limited number of economic sanctions would be eased for six months.
Dec 10, 2013 3:00pm PST
agreement. the senate confirmed the nomination of one of president obama's key judicial nominees today. washington lawyer patricia millett won a position on the u.s. court of appeals for washington, d.c., 56-38. won confirmation to lead the federal housing finance agency. they are the first such votes since senate democrats pushed through a rule change making it easier to break filibusters against many nominees. the obama administration is earmarking another $100 million for mental health just before the first anniversary of the newtown school shootings. the announcement came today as vice president biden met with families of the 26 victims. the funds will go to help community health centers add mental health services, and to help existing facilities in rural areas. for the first time, a woman will head up a major american automaker. mary barra was named c.e.o. of general motors today. the 51-year-old is currently the company's vice president for global product development. she started working for g.m. when she was 18. the announcement came one day after the u.s. treasury sold the last